Early Childhood Education AAS
Early childhood educaiton

Shape futures as an Early Childhood Educator

Carroll’s small class sizes, field placements and ongoing advisory support give your career in Early Childhood Education a jump-start to success.

Our non-lecture, learn-by-doing (“living classroom”) model, featuring beautiful classrooms with interactive furniture to allow collaboration with the on-campus Littlest Learners child development center, prepares students to fill responsible positions in the field of early childhood education. The program offers 75 hours of field placement and curricular service learning, allowing students to not only acquire experience in an actual classroom environment, but to also network with our community partners, potentially leading to job placement opportunities. 

Why Choose Carroll for Your AAS Early Childhood Education Degree? 

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Education degree program provides students with practical and comprehensive instruction about working with pre-K through 3rd grade children.

  • We coordinate placement of students in classrooms working with children and professionals.
  • Our faculty, who have worked as early childhood teachers, administrators and special educators, offer expert, real-world guidance as education advisors.
  • Credit coursework is recognized by Maryland Child Care Credentialing Program.   

Early Childhood Education AAS

Program Director: Carole Williamson Phone: 410-386-8525 Email: Program Director: Susan Sies Phone: 410-386-8325 Email: This degree program is intended for those who seek responsible positions in the field of early childhood education. A graduate can expect to find employment in a child care center or as an independent child care provider. Students who choose this curriculum and desire to transfer to a four-year college should check with the Program Director. Certain specialized courses may not be transferable to some four-year institutions. All students should meet with the Education Program Director at the beginning of their program. * Students must be in good academic standing in order to participate in field experiences; one field experience allowed each term.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements


  • Take 1 credit; one credit from a 4-credit math course could be used for this credit.:

General Education Diversity Requirement

  • Take 1 Diversity-designated General Education course: (courses used to satisfy other requirements may also satisfy this requirement)


A graduate of the AAS in Early Childhood Education degree program can expect to find employment in a childcare center or as an independent childcare provider. Students who choose this curriculum and desire to transfer to a 4-year college should consult with their Education faculty advisor at the beginning of their program. Program requirements may change due to possible new initiatives in the state, and certain specialized courses may not be transferable to some 4-year institutions.


Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools in Maryland and across the country. Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by area of study.

Carroll faculty members are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders who are selected for their academic and industry credentials as well as for their teaching abilities. 

AAT Elementary Education

Faculty Spotlight

Kris Holocker

M.Ed ELED/Administration Towson University, BS Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education Towson University

Teaching: EDUC 130, 131, 201 ECE 105 and 115 College Success

Interests: Spending time with family, traveling, vacationing on the lake

Bio: Mrs. Holocker's career has included teaching first grade, directing before and after school programs, directing summer camps, owning and operating a home child care center, serving as a resource and referral specialist, working with families as a Parents as Teachers Educator, teaching Come Learn with Me Classes, and teaching in an inclusive, public pre-kindergarten program. She began teaching at Carroll in 2006. She is presently the faculty advisor of the Student Education Association. 

Carole Williamson

Education: M.Ed ECE Towson University, BA Interdisciplinary Studies/Early Childhood Education UMBC

Teaching: ECE 100, 101, 104, 110, 210, 270

Interests:  Enjoying her Grandbaby, Ultra and Mountain Running, Camping and Exploring Nature

Bio: Professor Williamson’s career has included teaching preschool and administrating an early care and education program, teaching public school kindergarten, and owning and operating a childcare business. She began teaching at Carroll in 2001. She is presently the ECE Discipline Coordinator as well as the faculty advisor of the Early Childhood Education Club.

Advisory Boards

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Business and Accounting Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.

“Carroll has helped me to move up the ladder in the Maryland credentialing program for teacher education, and I am determined to climb as high as I can.”

–Maria Powers, Early Childhood Education Student


"Early Childhood Education continues to be a robust major at Carroll. The College is recognized regionally and nationally for its reputation of developing caring teachers with high-quality skills.”

–Susan Sies, Professor & Division Chair of Education, Transitional Studies and Academic Services 

Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. If you start your education by earning an associate degree at Carroll, you will pay less than half of what you would pay for the first two years of a typical four-year college. 


The minimum time to completion for full-time students (taking 15 -18 credits/semester) who do not require transitional reading, writing or mathematics is typically 4 semesters, totaling 60 credits. Visit  Tuition and Fees page for the latest rates.  

Depending on your situation, advising can help you develop a custom degree plan. 


Grants provided by the Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund are available for qualified students who possess one year of relevant experience, work in a licensed child care program at least 10 hours per week and are MSDE Child Care Credentialed at Level 2 or higher. Contact Mrs. Heather Bailey ( for more information. Other assistance may be available. 

Apply for the Maryland State Department of Education tuition assistance program and earn your A.A.S. or A.A.T. in Early Childhood Education at no cost. Download the flyer here.

Additional financial assistance options:

Mission Statement

The Early Childhood Education program offers quality instructional coursework, grounded in relevant research, which prepares students to lead and teach in a changing, globally-influenced environment, as well as produce pedagogical leaders who are skilled collaborators, reflective thinkers and effective decision makers.

Program Goals

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate professional knowledge and explain the physical, emotional, social, language, and cognitive development of the young child.
  2. Students will be able to identify major theories and theorists in the field of early childhood education as well as social and ethical issues that affect children and families.
  3. Students will be able to develop critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills by using a variety of teaching strategies and curriculum development.